Big Winter Snow Melt Fears: The Fort Peck Dam on the upper Missouri River in Montana and Oroville Dam near Sacramento, CA

1 04 2019

Biblical Anxieties from Clusterfuck Nation

“. . . two major western dams show disturbing signs of potential failure that may bring on unprecedented disasters. The Oroville Dam on the Feather River north of Sacramento — the highest earthen dam in the US — nearly blew out in February 2017 when record rains damaged the main spillway, threatening to send a 30-foot wall of water downstream towards California’s capital and towns along the way. When that spillway was closed to assess the damage, which was significant, the secondary emergency spillway was opened for the first time since the dam was built in 1968. It too started disintegrating and before long Lake Oroville began flowing over the top of the dam itself. The state had to order evacuation of 188,000 people in three counties. Frantic efforts to drop sandbags from helicopters stabilized the damage and, luckily, the rain stopped. . . . “

” . . . The Fort Peck Dam on the upper Missouri River in Montana is likewise troubling experts watching a record snowpack in the Rocky Mountains. It too is an earthen dam — the world’s largest by volume — filled with hydraulic slurry. Because it is located on the flat high plains, the dam is extremely long, running 21,000 feet — about four miles — from end to end. Behind it is a reservoir that is the fifth-largest man-made lake in the nation.”

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/biblical-anxieties/


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2 04 2019
flyingcuttlefish

90% of the upper midwest and great planes are still covered by nearly 11 inches of snow
http://www.thebigwobble.org/2019/04/2019-worst-agricultural-disaster-in.html

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3 04 2019
flyingcuttlefish

Sent in –
Water is rushing out of the main spillway. Things look fine so far.

spillway LIVE CAM –
http://www.parks.ca.gov/live/lakeorovillesra_spillway

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3 04 2019
flyingcuttlefish

also sent in –

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